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A Sword for Hire (The Silent Blade Chronicles Book 1) by [Graham, David]
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A Sword for Hire (The Silent Blade Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in The Silent Blade Chronicles (5 Book Series)

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About the Author

David "Rez" Graham is a self-taught programmer who has been writing games in his basement since 1996. In 2005, he landed a programming job at Super-Ego Games where he worked on minigames and AI for Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery for the PC. He also worked on a comedy adventure game called RatRace for the PlayStation 3. In 2008, Rez went to work for Planet Moon and worked on Brain Quest for the Game Boy DS and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for the Wii. Rez went to PlayFirst in 2010 where he worked on Diner Dash: Grillin' Green for the iPad and was the lead engineer for Wedding Dash for the iPhone 4. Rez currently works at Electronic Arts as an AI programmer for the Sims division. He has shipped two titles there, which include The Sims Medieval and the Pirates & Nobles Adventure Pack. He is currently the lead AI programmer for an upcoming Sims title.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1540 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Ecanus Publishing (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OPLYU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would give 3.5* if I could. This is overall a good story and well worth a read. Definitely a YA book. The adventure is a good one, and the characters are endearing. The sprite being my favourite as we had a more in depth impression of his character.

I can't put my finger on what was missing as it is a good book, and written very well. It is just lacking in atmosphere. I would liked to have homed in more on each character at some point. To have become more familiar with their inner thoughts. We just seem to brush over this side of things. Of course, this is only my personal expectations, and I do believe this author has a great talent for storytelling.
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As a sci/fi & fantasy enthusiast I thought i'd give this a go, wish I had'nt!!! Slow boring & unbelievably archaic. Dont bother.
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Having just read this tale of high fantasy, adventure, sorcery and dragons, I felt as if I'd completed an epic journey. David Graham's characters are three dimensional, making it easy for the reader to emphasise with them.
Yes, there're the usual ingredients of high fantasy, such as wizards, witches and dragons, but Mr Graham manages to depict them in a different and unique way. The touches of comedy he employs throughout the narrative, amuse without detracting from the overall story.
The description of the backdrops to the story are excellent, enabling the reader to immerse themselves in the story with ease.
On the whole, the plot and characterisation are well crafted, only slightly married by some repetition in the narrative and dialogue, which given the excellence of the story overall, can be forgiven.
My advice? This book is well worth purchasing and adding to any fantasy buff's library.
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The only reason this book gets 4 stars from me rather than five is because it does take a little while to get going. Indeed, were it not written so well it would have taken me a long time to get into. That said, it's the first in a series so there has to be a little scene setting.

When I started reading, I slightly baulked at the idea of having an elderly wizard protaganist because it immediately put me in mind of Rincewind and to me that didn't fit with the way this story was being set up. Rincewind is about total comedy. This is about humorous (sometimes inept, even) characters but the situation is straighter than your average Pratchett.

Luckily, Amvaar and Rincewind's only common characteristic is their age. Unlike Rincewind, Amvaar not a coward. However, he is an accurately drawn academic in that, in many ways, he hasn't really grown up. Sent on a quest that he hasn't asked for and doesn't want, he ends up embarking on a voyage of self descovery at the same time and comes out of it a more confident and whole person. His lack of youth adds a whole new dimension to the rights of passage feel to his journey and makes for very interesting reading.

Once the quest starts in earnest, the action zips along at a much faster pace. The world in which the action is set is solid and real with proper rules that hold up. And I particularly liked that the woman, every man jack of 'em, were a lot more pragmatic and sensible than the men, who, in most cases, were supposed to be running things. The story is tied up nicely but at the same time there are plenty of loose ends to be dealt with in the sequel.

All in all good stuff and thoroughly recommended. I'll definitely be reading the sequel.
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A bit slow to start off with but fairly speeds up once the adventuring starts. Sniggeringly funny in places, DG has created a believable world of magic and mayhem with a variety of interesting, unique characters that develop as the story and the `quest' evolves.

What starts with one old wizard's search for an important though apparently innocuous stolen cloak soon develops into a mission to save the world. Shielded from most of the outside world for most of his life though, the wizard Amvaar quickly realises that he needs help in his quest and those friends he meets along the way.

Three further eclectic individuals later - they are not your typical heroes - one human, one half human and one not so human! Enveloped in their own personal issues, accustomed to working alone in their own disparate worlds, they have to band together to try and save the day.

DG has created a new team of adventurers to fight the good battles. There is plenty of scope to expand the series too with brief glimpses into the rest of the Silent Blade world. I'm looking forward to the next one!
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By Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 May 2012
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This story takes the form of a fantasy quest to recover a stolen magical artefact which has been taken from the Wizards' Council. There are some lovely characters here; an elderly teaching wizard who discovers his inner depths, a slightly thick but handsome fighter, a beautiful but wild shape-changer and the most annoying but fiesty and cute sprite. There is a lot of gentle humour in the interaction between these characters.

The writing was accessible and the story bounced along nicely for me. However, the author occasionally used words which were incorrect in the context and had a strangely cavalier attitude to the apostrophe - another wild and feral creature in his hands! If this does not deter you though, you will enjoy this fantasy adventure which has a tense and exciting episode just before the end. A nice read.
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